MUSKEGON – The Muskegon Lumberjacks have made another trade in an effort to bulk up for the playoffs.
The Lumberjacks acquired forward Austin Albrecht from the Sioux Falls Stampede in exchange for Marcus Russell, a 3rd-round draft pick, and a player to be named later, in a swap made at the USHL trade deadline.
Albrecht, a Flemington, New Jersey native, has tallied five goals and 3o assists this season in 44 games for the Stampede. He played under Lumberjacks head coach John LaFontaine for two years in Wichita Falls of the North American Hockey League, and was a 60-point scorer last season.
Albrecht was effective in the NAHL playoffs last season, helping the Wildcats to the Robertson Cup finals by totaling 12 points in nine games.
“Austin is your prototypical power forward,” LaFontaine said0.”He’s very strong on his skates, has good speed and agility, is hard to knock off the puck and will take it to the net. He has a scoring touch, but has been more of a playmaker this season. He adds depth at the power forward position for us.”
Russell played in 20 games this season for the Lumberjacks and notched five assists.
Albrecht is expected to join the Jacks for this weekend’s two-game series at Youngstown.